When To Come For Japanese Cherry Blossom In Tokyo
Just 1 week. That’s how long the Blossoms last.
That’s why its so important to get the timing of your Tokyo vacation right.
The cherry blossom flowers bloom for about a week from the first blossoms till the flowers fall off the trees.
In Tokyo, the Blossom starts around the end of March or the beginning of April.
The starting point can change by as much as two weeks from year to year.
If the weather during the months before is relatively mild, cherry blossom trees will open early, around the end of March.
If it was a cold winter, the blossom will bloom later, in April.
Not all Cherry Blossom Trees bloom on the same day.
A Cherry Blossom Tree in a shadowy place will bloom several days later than a Tree in a sunny place.
The opening of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Tokyo is announced based on a representative sample of trees in Yasukuni Shrine, Tokyo.
The very end of the Blossom is fantastic too, with cherry blossom flower petals covering the ground and looking like pink snowflakes.
But there’s no reason for you to worry about missing Cherry Blossom any More! I’ve gathered all the questions you asked me about timing your visit and my answers to you into one place…
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- How you can quickly and easily see a 2nd round of Cherry Blossom, after the Blossom in Tokyo has ended
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And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are more than 50 topics covered, all with true and tested advice straight from the streets of Tokyo.
That’s exactly what my book the 7 Secrets To The Perfect Tokyo Cherry Festival Vacation delivers.
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Festival Essentials
Its a Japanese Holiday, so Japanese people travel to join their friends and family in Tokyo. Tourists from all over the world come to take part in the festival in Tokyo.
So Tokyo train stations are even more crowded than usual, Airports are packed, and hotels are fully booked months in advance.
With that in mind I recommend you Book and arrange Hotels, Tours, Flights and Disney Tickets as early as Possible.
Best Tokyo Hotels For Cherry Blossom Viewing
Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival: Things To Do
Japanese people see the festival as an opportunity to wind down, socialize and drink.
By evening most will find it hard to recognize a cherry blossom tree from a traffic sign.
- Nighttime Illuminations. Try the Imperial Palace and the Japanese Gardens which are illuminated gloriously at night.
- Its one of the Best Things To Do in Tokyo during the Blossom. Especially recommended is Yasukuni Jinja Shrine which has 1000 Cherry trees.
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- Parties and picnics in the Parks are the popular pastime during the festival. The happy, celebrating people are usually family, co-workers or friends.
There’s a good chance you’ll be invited to join in if you pass by. Lots of hot Sake and traditional food will make the language barrier non-existent.
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- Special Cherry Blossom Day Trips from Tokyo to Mt Fuji – Mt Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, with a beautifully symmetrical volcanic cone. It’s a breathtaking scene any time of the year.
Cherry trees in spring bring this favorite Mt Fuji Day tour from Tokyo to new heights.
Typically, Cherry trees bloom here 2 weeks later than in Tokyo, which makes it a great solution if your timing for Cherry Blossom in Tokyo was too late, or if you feel like seeing another round of the pink flowers.
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- Strolling along the Sumida River is the more relaxed way of Cherry Blossom trees viewing.
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- Unique Japanese Desserts and Cherry Blossom cakes are a traditional Japanese custom.
The Japanese desserts (Wagashi) in spring are the colors and the shape of cherry blossom flowers.
Almost too cute to eat. You can find them in the Traditional Japanese Dessert stores, mostly in Ginza
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